Issue 08 August 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,  We are experiencing a glorious summer in Norwich. Although both England and Japan were defeated quickly at the FIFA World Cup, we are still enjoying our pints al fresco while the days are long and warm. As our annual July event, the Carmen Blacker Lecture series approaches, Carmen’s husband Dr Michael […]

Letter from Our Fellow

Ken Tadashi Oshima Ken Tadashi Oshima is Professor at the University of Washington. In the early 2000s, he spent time at the Sainsbury Institute as first a Handa Fellow (2003-4) and later Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow Fellow (2004-5). A trained architect and architectural historian, Ken has published extensively on the subject with a special […]

My Japan

Sue Maufe, Potter Sue Maufe has been a generous friend of the Institute since collaborating for the unearthed exhibition held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) in 2010. The exhibition which was a joint project between the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Institute brought prehistoric figurines from Japan and the Balkans together for the […]

The Institute and Our Community

Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion Exhibition: 19 June – 17 August 2014Room 3, The Asahi Shimbun Displays, The British Museum In recent decades men’s fashion has been largely overshadowed by the frills and frocks presented for the ladies. But with David Beckham and other popular icons embracing male fashion, the cult of the Man is […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Simon Kaner’s whirlwind tour of Japan: From Sea of Okhotsk to Genkai Sea At the Sainsbury Institute we are very conscious of how important it is to maintain regular links with our research networks in Japan. Even in this digital age of Skype, Facebook and email, by far the most effective way to do this is […]

Museums in Japan

Intermediatheque: Innovation in University Museums Intermediatheque (IMT) located next to the recently restored Tokyo Station oozes with seductive appeal to those tired of traditional Tokyo museums. A public institution jointly operated by Japan Post and the University Museum of the University of Tokyo (UMUT), IMT is an intellectual hub of research and researchers headed by […]

Interview with Patrons

Dr Michael Loewe in remembrance of Carmen Blacker Dr Carmen Blacker was one of the most esteemed Japonologists of our times. Scholar of Japanese religion and folklore, the former Cambridge academic enriched the field with groundbreaking research and publications. After her passing on her birthday in July 2009, Carmen’s legacy – through the help of […]

Treasures of the Library

The English are world famous for their love of gardening. Perhaps less obvious is the horticultural enthusiasm of the Edo period Japanese, who were just as keen a gardener as the English. In fact, Japanese Edo period eras are often twinned with certain flowers and plants that became particularly fashionable during the period. For instance, […]